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Erisbel Arruebarruena to be showcased this weekend for interested big league teams

Dec 4, 2013, 8:51 PM EDT

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From Andy Martino, the Mets beat writer at the New York Daily News:

A new possibility for shortstop has emerged for the Mets, as the team plans to send scouts to a showcase this weekend for Cuban defector Erisbel Arruebarruena, according to sources.

The 23-year-old Arruebarruena, who has drawn comparisons to Detroit’s Jose Iglesias, was the starting shortstop for Cuba’s World Baseball Classic team this year. Baseball America’s Ben Badler was first to report his defection last month, and intention to play in the United States. The publication ranked Arruebarruena as the no. 10 prospect in the tournament not signed to a major league team.

The showcase will take place at the Yankees’ facility in the Dominican Republic, so they can be counted as another team with legitimate interest. Arruebarruena is known more for his defensive capabilities than his bat and will likely have to spend some time in the minor leagues.

The 6-foot, 198-pounder debuted in Cuba’s Serie Nacional at age 16. He bats right and throws right.

  1. spudchukar - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Look for the Red Birds to be in attendance, with way more available cash to than any other franchise.

    • paperlions - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      I am more interested in Aledmys Diaz. Seems like a more complete player….but any addition of SS talent to the system is a good idea.

      • spudchukar - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        I prefer a guy who I know can handle the D, and hope his offense develops, cause you cannot do it the other way around.

      • paperlions - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Diaz is considered a very solid glove as well, he’s not all bat.

        The minors is chock full of SS prospects that can play great D but never figure out how to hit AA pitching.

      • gibbyfan - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        From what Iv’e read so far he’s the Cuban version of B. Ryan…..super glove no hit–

      • paperlions - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        You never know how a guy will develop, but if a guy can’t hit pitching in the Cuban league, that is not a good sign for his bat.

      • gibbyfan - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        My feeling exactly……….I loved watching Ryan play defense but as great as it was just couldn’t overcome the lack of bat……..what a shame–

    • okwhitefalcon - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Nice fielder very well may make Koz look like Babe Ruth.

      Would love to see them make a run at Diaz though, much more complete player.

    • basedrum777 - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Umm… Yankees always have more available cash. Always.

      • spudchukar - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Depends. The way it looks now with Cano and Tanaka doubtful, you are probably correct.

  2. thebadguyswon - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM


  3. Kevin Gillman - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Someone has to take Jeter’s spot when he retires, so why not?

  4. phillysports1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Again , that’s not the right picture above of the actual player we’re talking about .

  5. phillysports1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Please Ruben sign him

  6. 4d3fect - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Wish he was in the Dodgers’ system, would love to hear Vin stumbling over the pronunciation of his name…” Arrwubeyraina, Areyoubeerwina, oh well, it’s a beautiful evening here in New York, however you pronounce it!”

    • dondada10 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Vin Scully does not stumble.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        Don, I upthumbed but… His Vin-ship doesn’t stumble like that, trying multiple times to get it right, but in recent years he will sometimes just pronounce it wrong and carry right on.
        But this guy’s name will be no problem because I’m declaring he shall be known as E-Barr.

  7. Old Gator - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I just dislocated my goddamned jaw trying to pronounce that….

    • tuberippin - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Ehr-iss-bell Ah-roo-ay-bar-roo-eyyy-nah (Es-call-on-tay).

      Apparently in Cuba they call him Errorbarruena.

      • Old Gator - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Hoo-hah! All we need is for him to sign with a team whose announcer trills his R’s.

  8. johnnysoda - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Great name, if nothing else.

  9. mvd513 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    is that a word?

    • Old Gator - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Yes. Cubans usually utter it when their wives run over their feet while pulling their ’58 Buicks out of the garage.

  10. nymets4ever - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Yea..too bad he can’t hit.

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